Ear-Tag Cinema: Notes on Andrea Arnold’s Cow, by Dominic O’Key

Ear-Tag Cinema: Notes on Andrea Arnold’s Cow, by Dominic O’Key

Cow is a harrowing documentary about the lived reality of a dairy cow. But Arnold’s observational style might ultimately offer an apologia rather than an intervention. The camera hovers at head height, an animal its object of consideration. We peer into a cow’s eye, a deep black pool like a magic eight ball. The cow, now craning its neck upwards, looks into the clouded sky. Its yellow ear-tag flaps into view: number 201699. Sniffing, exhaling, the cow lowers itself onto the grass below. The camera goes down with the cow towards the dry…continue reading →

Shall We Go and Kill Us Venison?, by Emily Naish

Deer hunting is a restricted activity in England. It is not completely illegal to kill deer (or other wild animals), but there are various legislations that dictate when, where, and how they can be hunted. This even covers ‘welfare’ to protect animals from ‘deliberate acts of cruelty’: a hunter can legally shoot a deer during open season, but cannot ‘stab’ or ‘impale’ a wild mammal in a way that causes ‘unnecessary suffering’.[1] The legislation around hunting attempts to straddle the perceived rights of both humans (to hunt) and animals (to not suffer) in…continue reading →
Writing the Environmental Crisis at Sea: Tangibility and the Potential of the Jellyfish, by Rosanne van der Voet

Writing the Environmental Crisis at Sea: Tangibility and the Potential of the Jellyfish, by Rosanne van der Voet

I open my laptop, smoothening out the corners of my notebook. A logical list of tasks forms itself in my head, in a word document. But the page keeps shifting, slowly slipping away as I try to pin it down. My mind keeps drifting off into a sea of other thoughts, where terrestrial logic dissipates. As I think of that watery being, my hands follow a tentacular path that does not stick to this rectangular page space. Ever more strangely, a fluidity overflows these words, spills their ink into the margins of this…continue reading →